Sammy Hagar on making music, managing money — and drinking $80K bottles of wine

Sammy Hagar on making music, managing money — and drinking $80K bottles of wine

Sammy Hagar says he still can’t drive 55. But it’s hard to tell if he means that literally, or if he’s speaking about his take-no-prisoners philosophy of life as a whole. Hagar — aka the Red Rocker — is the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer best known for his stints as lead singer of…

Gallo, the biggest U.S. wine company, to lay off 355 in California

Gallo, the biggest U.S. wine company, to lay off 355 in California

 E. & J. Gallo Winery, the nation’s largest wine producer, will lay off more than 350 workers as it shifts its distribution in California. According to filings with California’s Employment Development Department, 355 California employees will lose their jobs. The filings were dated Jan. 10, with layoffs effective March 12. The move comes two weeks…

Diageo sees 9.4% jump in organic net sales for first half as prices rise

Diageo sees 9.4% jump in organic net sales for first half as prices rise

Diageo PLC UK:DGE said Thursday that pretax profit rose in the first half of fiscal 2023, supported by better-than-expected sales volumes due to higher prices, and raised its dividend payout. The London-based maker of Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, Guinness stout and Smirnoff vodka made a pretax profit of 3.06 billion pounds ($3.73 billion) for the…

Still shopping for the holidays? Here are 12 bottles of booze to consider

Still shopping for the holidays? Here are 12 bottles of booze to consider

Still searching for the perfect holiday gift? Or maybe a dozen perfect holiday gifts? That’s where the Weekend Sip 12 bottles of Christmas guide can come in handy. This annual MarketWatch feature is designed to take some of the guesswork out of finding the right sip for the right person. We’ve included bottles of all…

20 dividend stocks with high yields that have become more attractive right now

20 dividend stocks with high yields that have become more attractive right now

Income-seeking investors are looking at an opportunity to scoop up shares of real estate investment trusts. Stocks in that asset class have become more attractive as prices have fallen and cash flow is improving. Below is a broad screen of REITs that have high dividend yields and are also expected to generate enough excess cash…

Just in time for Thanksgiving: A mezcal made with … turkey

Just in time for Thanksgiving: A mezcal made with … turkey

The bottle Montelobos Pechuga, $129.99 The back story Searching for the perfect Thanksgiving sip? It might be time to try a little turkey-flavored mezcal. In a sense, that’s what this bottle from Montelobos, which bills itself as a “meticulously crafted artisanal mezcal” brand, is all about. Specifically, it’s a style of mezcal that’s indeed called…

Qatar World Cup backlash an important moment for soccer, says ESPN’s Shaka Hislop

Qatar World Cup backlash an important moment for soccer, says ESPN’s Shaka Hislop

The furor surrounding the World Cup in Qatar has seen the plight of migrant workers and LGBTQ+ rights in the tiny Persian Gulf nation thrust firmly into the world spotlight. For ESPN commentator and former World Cup star Shaka Hislop, the backlash is an important moment for the sport. “History provides these moments that we…

‘You can enjoy yourself with or without alcohol,’ says England star, after Qatar World Cup stadium beer ban

‘You can enjoy yourself with or without alcohol,’ says England star, after Qatar World Cup stadium beer ban

A day after Qatar and FIFA announced a shock ban on beer sales at the World Cup’s eight stadiums England star Eric Dier said that the soccer showpiece will still create “a great atmosphere” for fans. “I’d like to think that you can enjoy yourself with or without alcohol, first and foremost – for me,…

Chinese consumer, casino stocks fall as COVID-19 cases climb

Chinese consumer, casino stocks fall as COVID-19 cases climb

Chinese consumer stocks sold off Monday as investors’ attention turned to Covid-19 once again as the country’s infections rise and virus-related deaths were reported for the first time in almost six months. Restaurant, retailer and Macau casino stocks listed in Hong Kong were among the top decliners among blue chips by midday trade, while liquor…

Fred Franzia, the winemaker behind ‘Two Buck Chuck,’ dies at 79

Fred Franzia, the winemaker behind ‘Two Buck Chuck,’ dies at 79

Wine legend Fred Franzia — creator of the iconic “Two Buck Chuck’ blend” — has died. He was 79. Franzia was a founding partner and CEO of Bronco Wine Company. On Tuesday night, the company’s Facebook page announced his death. “Fred passed early this morning at his Redwood home in Denair, California, with family by his…

This $10 bottle is the perfect National Red Wine Day sip

This $10 bottle is the perfect National Red Wine Day sip

The bottle Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2020, $9.99 The back story It’s no secret that Americans’ thirst for wine has grown over the years, with total wine consumption roughly doubling from 565 million gallons in 2020 to 1.1 billion gallons in 2021, according to the Wine Institute. It’s also no secret that Americans don’t like…

Review: Jim Cramer has gone into the mezcal business (and we sampled his brand)

Review: Jim Cramer has gone into the mezcal business (and we sampled his brand)

The bottle Fósforo mezcal — Tobalá ($99)  and Tobalá Penca ($130) The back story We all know Jim Cramer for his “Mad Money” stock picks — and for his occasional bell-ringing appearances at the New York Stock Exchange. Now, we’re getting to see another side of the stock-market maven — namely, as a mezcal producer….

Review: Honor the Fourth of July with a bottle celebrating American patriot Hercules Mulligan

Review: Honor the Fourth of July with a bottle celebrating American patriot Hercules Mulligan

The bottle Hercules Mulligan Rum & Rye, $38 The back story If you’re looking to toast the Fourth of July in truly patriotic fashion, have I got a sip for you. Not bourbon, even if it’s America’s signature whiskey. And not the frozen margarita, an icy cocktail that may be Mexican-inspired but actually comes to…

Review: We tried the crab-flavored whiskey that’s gone viral

Review: We tried the crab-flavored whiskey that’s gone viral

A little crustacean-flavored bourbon, anyone? It may sound like a crazed distiller’s idea of a joke — remember the SNL skit about wacky hard seltzers? — but it’s an actual thing. Specifically, it’s Crab Trapper, a green crab-flavored whiskey from New Hampshire’s adventuresome Tamworth Distilling. And guess what? It actually delivers on its crabby promise…